Easter eggs and candy are practically a given in every kid’s Easter basket. While it seems no kid has an upper limit for sugar consumption, the inevitable post-candy downward spiral often proves otherwise. Besides the kids, who says you and the Easter Bunny have to give candy every Easter? Skip the jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and sugar crash this Easter with these non-candy treats the kids are sure to love.
Fast-Paced Games Will Distract Them from Not Having Candy
Fast-paced, travel-sized games will fit easily into any Easter basket and will provide hours of fun and more enjoyment than any piece of Easter candy. The Melissa and Doug Flip to Win travel memory game is a great basket stuffer for young children and follows the rules of classic matching games. Kids, 7 and up (and their parents), will love to play Exploding Kittens, a take on Russian Roulette which involves Exploding Kittens that can be defused with laser pointers and belly rubs.
Replace Candy with Memories by Creating Personalized Vouchers
Spending time together and making memories is one of the best gifts parents can give their kids. This Easter, create some homemade vouchers to make some fun memories that your kids can redeem when they want. Some ideas include a voucher to have breakfast for dinner, a Saturday at the park or beach, or a night at the movies.
Art Supplies Are Perfect for All Ages
Art supplies often make a perfect treat for any Easter basket as they are available in every price range and skill level. Young kids will love Crayola’s Ultimate Crayon Bucket, which has 200 vibrant colors to choose from, while older kids may like some fabric markers, like Stained by Sharpie, and some white canvas tennis shoes or t-shirt to decorate. Stickers, paper, pencils, markers, anything that will help your child express his or her creativity will have them forgetting the lack of Easter candy in no time.
Kids Can’t Have Too Many Books
Books are also great for any age and, really, no kid can have too many books. Board books or books with sound are great for babies and toddlers, or find some new books from your kids’ favorite authors to fill their baskets. The added bonus of giving books for Easter is giving the kids something to read during spring break.
Give the Gift of Slime
If your kids are between the ages of 8 – 12 years old, slime making has probably already taken over your life. Whether you’re familiar with every recipe for slime or you’re one of the few families living where slime hasn’t oozed into the neighborhood yet, giving your kids the gift of slime making is a must this Easter. There are dozens of recipes online but this one from Elmer’s glue is one of the simplest. All you need is a bottle of Elmer’s white school glue, add 1/2 a tablespoon of baking soda, and a 1/4 tablespoon of contact solution. Mix it all together, add some glitter or food dye, and your kids will be well on their way to slime obsession.
These non-candy Easter basket ideas are sure to be a hit. Your kids won’t even miss the candy and you definitely won’t miss the sugar crash! Happy Easter!